Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Puppy Stolen out of Backyard- One of Those Rare Pits

Rare Breed Pit Bull Puppy Stolen From Lancaster County Family's Yard
Now The Owner And The Community Are Hitting The Streets To Look For Him
Nava Ghalili
Multi-media Journalist
7:32 PM EDT, August 28, 2010
Josh Wood said he came back from work one day to find his dog stolen from his yard. He said his collar was gently removed from the rare blue Pit Bull's neck. The 5-month-old pup had been part of the family for 3 months and he said his 3-year-old son grew attached to him. Word spread that people spotted the Pit Bull on Manor Street in Lancaster city. Wood and a team of supporters from Two Pups Pastries, a local business, hit the streets handing out flyers all Saturday.

"We know that if this happened to our dog, you know we'd want someone to do something for us as well," said local business owner Amy Risko.

Wood is offering a $500 reward for the pup to be returned safely, no questions asked.

"It's not even about the money that I paid for him or that I'm offering, he's a member of our family, and there's not a value on that, I just want him back for my son and my family," said owner Josh Wood.

The Pit Bull's ears have not been clipped and his tail is long.

Wood has suspicion the dog was stolen for fighting or for breeding.

For more information or if you have seen the pup, call Josh Wood 717-989-3060 or FOX43 Reporter Nava Ghalili at nghalili@fox43.com
OK this is a prime example of why you should not leave your dog unattended in the yard, especially while you are not even home. It is also an example of why one should research a dog’s breed before they get one. If the owner had done this, he would know there are probably ten dogs just like his at the local shelter; there is no such thing as a rare pit bull, especially a rare blue pit bull. In addition, I wonder why the article emphasizes the tail is long. It is supposed to be long per breed standard. It is amazing that it is automatically assumed the dog was stolen for fighting purposes. Why can’t the dog just be stolen because the owner has no clue what the hell he is doing; in addition, he left his 5-month-old puppy unattended while at work. Anyone, even my grandfather, could probably take the dog right out of the yard just because the dog is real cute and little. Ignorant people and stupid news articles never cease to amaze me. I do hope this person finds his baby dogs though. I hope he is found safe and sound and if he is not then I hope someone who will not leave him outside unattended for hours has him and will give him a better life than he had.

From My Google Alerts- August 29, 2010

James B. Benson Jr., of the 900 block of Boggs Drive in Dover, was charged with attempted first-degree rape and four other offenses in the incident that happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of N. West St. He attempted to rape an 18-year-old girl, but she was saved when her pit bull intervened and became aggressive toward the man. ______________
On August 4, a pit bull named Bootsie was beaten with a baseball bat outside of a home. Police said they found the dog barely breathing beneath blankets in the backyard, and a freshly dug grave nearby. Police reports indicated up to seven people were home at the time. Police at the scene said a 14-year-old admitted to the crime.
Last summer a man threw his pit bull named Oreo off a rooftop near Brooklyn. He was set to be sentenced August 30th. The case captured headlines last year around the city and region as animal-rights activists and dog-lovers cried out for the dog’s life to be spared. However, the young pit bull-mix named “Oreo,” who survived being thrown off the sixth-floor rooftop, was declared unfit to live because of her aggressive behavior, her caretakers said. She was euthanized in October 2009. RIP sweet Oreo.
Denver may have to revise its pit bull ban, as it does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Three people have sued the city saying the 20-year-old ban prevents them from using pit bulls as service dogs. The first look into changing the law will be in September.
A 5-year old boxer named Rocky fatally mauled a girl, age 4, while she played in the yard. Taylor was playing Wednesday in a yard near Iron Ridge where the 5-year-old boxer named Rocky was chained before it apparently freed itself and attacked. A sheriff says criminal charges seem unlikely in the death of a 4-year-old girl who was mauled to death by a family friend's dog.

Pit Bull Hero of the Week

Pit Bull Hero of the Week
Despite many of the changing attitudes toward pit bulls, they still take a beating in the headlines. Whether they're actually involved in an "attack," or the reporter can just make it sound like they were, "vicious pit bull" stories are used to sell papers. But for those of us who know and love these dogs for the loyal clowns they are, it's always nice to see a story where the pit bull is the hero.
Last Wednesday, Marie Wells was attacked by her boyfriend in their apartment. Princess, her five-year-old pit bull, intervened in the argument, taking the blows from the 12-inch serrated knife. "She did not attack him," Wells said. "She was in front of me trying to protect me."
The boyfriend has been charged with assault and battery, violating a restraining order and, appropriately, animal cruelty.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dog Hero- Old Video but Definitely Worth Watching Again

This is an old video; however, I still find it amazing. If only humans thought like this.

Friday, August 27, 2010

From My Google Alerts- August 23, 2010

A man walking his pit bull in the park at Fort Funston in CA stabbed another dog multiple times. At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a dog walker reported to the U.S. Park Police that her dog had been stabbed multiple times with a knife by a man walking another dog near the Sunset Trail, a police spokesperson said. As the two dogs drew closer, they assumed an aggressive stance. Apparently, when the woman asked the man if his dog was neutered, he responded inexplicably by stabbing the woman's dog four times. The man is still at large and the police are hoping to someone who knows the man and his dog will come forward and give them any information they have about the man.

The U.S. Park Police have positively identified the man who allegedly stabbed a dog multiple times in a popular San Francisco dog park on Thursday.
A call to the public for help in finding the alleged canine assailant resulted in two people coming forward to identify the man, according to a statement from U.S. Park Police spokesperson George Durgerian.
The police are withholding the man's name pending further investigation, but he described the suspect as a 33-year-old white male. The suspect is not currently under arrest, the statement said.
A man was attacked by at least one dog in a London park. The man, in his 40s, suffered injuries to his arms in the attack in Plaistow Park, Plaistow on Sunday morning. He may need plastic surgery, police said. The owners have yet o be found. I find it interesting the dog’s breed was not mentioned anywhere in the article.
In Melbourne, a baby was attacked by the family’s pet terrier dog. Paramedics say the 11-month-old boy was crawling on the floor when the family's pet terrier set on him. He was left with deep cuts and puncture wounds to his mouth, nose, lip, and forehead. The baby is in stable condition.
Federal authorities anticipate an arrest this week in connection with a stabbing attack on a dog Thursday at a San Francisco park, a U.S. Park Police spokesperson said Monday. A 33-year-old San Francisco man believed responsible for the stabbing has been identified, but not yet arrested, Durgerian said.” He's been positively identified and charges and an arrest are pending," Durgerian said this morning. "We foresee that happening this week." The man's name has not yet been released.
A Middletown Municipal Court judge has set a pretrial court hearing for the owner of a dog that mauled his 1-year-old son. Steve Durbin’s pretrial is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Sept. 15. Durbin and his girlfriend, Melissa Fields, of the 800 block of Barrington Court in Trenton, are charged with failure to confine a vicious dog, failure to license the dog and failure to obtain liability insurance. The one year old suffered facial and head injuries. The toddler is expected to be okay and the dog that attacked was euthanized. The breed is not mentioned anywhere.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pit Bull Turns into Internet Sensation

Pit Bull Turns into Internet Sensation

YouTube Video Of 'Dolly' Viewed By Thousands

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -- A pit bull in Seminole County just may be the next Internet sensation.
Dolly was a stray when she came in to Seminole County Animal Control back in 2009.
She was adopted out, but when she was turned back in earlier this year, she didn't look the same.
Dolly was scratched, bloody, and cut in several spots, animal control officials said.
The owner said she was starting fights with his other dogs, but animal control has a different theory.
They think Dolly was used as possibly a "bait dog" in a dogfighting operation.
Now Dolly's healed and Erica Daniel, the shelter worker who intended to foster her, has decided to keep her.

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"I want people to understand what goes on with these dogs. I want people to understand how important it is to adopt shelter dogs," Daniel said.
Daniel has made Dolly's success story into a YouTube video that has already been viewed by thousands.
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OMG! Such a sad story with a wonderful, happy ending. This beautiful girl has captured my heart! I am so glad she found her forever home. She deserves the life she has been given, surrounded by a loving family. This video had me bawling like a baby. Dolly is a positive representative on pit bull type dogs everywhere, able to overcome the cruelties that she suffered at the hands of man and become a breed ambassador. I am so happy you found your forever home, Dolly!!

Yung Joc Fined After Dogs Attack Neighbor's Dog

Yung Joc was fined in Fayette County, GA after his pit bulls attacked his neighbor’s dog.
The Atlanta-based “It’s Goin’ Down” rapper apologized to his neighbor and claims that the electronic collars and gate on his property malfunctioned.  He’s also agreed to pay for his neighbor’s dog’s medical expenses in addition to the fine.
Kudos to Yung Joc for doing the responsible thing in this situation.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pit Bull Recovering Well After Being Dumped

Pit Bull Recovering Well After Being Dumped
FORT WORTH (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ―  
Kathy Radovich, 43, is still in shock after making a heartbreaking discovery near her trash bins: A malnourished pit bull, covered in fire ants and stuffed in a black trash bag.

"I left that morning and saw him right in here (pointing to the road) just laying sideways and the trash bag was floating away from him," Radovich said.
Bones the Pit Bull
She's lived on Anderson Boulevard in Fort Worth for nearly two decades. She thought the dog was dead, so she called Animal Control to come by and pick him up.

"My son came out Steven and said 'no mom the dog is still alive it's trying to get out of the bag,'" Radovich said.

She immediately grabbed the dog and took him to Family PetCare in Fort Worth.

Radovich happens to be a nurse at the hospital. For the next several days doctors and nurses started taking care of the frail pit bull they named "Bones."

He weighed less than half of what he should weigh.

"It's not a case of tough luck in a tough economy; this is a case of abuse and conscious neglect," said Dr. Tim Morton, with Family PetCare. "It just makes you angry!"

Morton said Bones was starved and didn't have a collar or a chip. The veterinarian thinks he's about a year and a half old.

"This poor guy was kept somewhere not only not fed, but he was kept somewhere he couldn't get food," Morton said. "From evidence we have all he was eating was limbs and leaves."

Bones has gained seven pounds since Monday. He's getting plenty of love and attention from the doctors and nurses on hand.

"He's got his tail a-going," Radovich said. "He's just so sweet!"

Morton thinks it could take weeks before Bones fully recovers. As of now, Radovich is taking care of all medical expenses for the dog.

Donations are welcomed and accepted at 1501 Handley Drive in Fort Worth. The hospital is working with several rescue groups to find him a home.
(© MMX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Such a heartbreaking story and it is truly an atrocity at the hands of man. Get well soon little guy!! I hope everything works out for you and you are able to see that not every human is like the person(s) you first encountered. I hope you find your forever home as soon as you are well!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Five Most Dangerous Dogs in the World

The five Most Dangerous Dogs in the World
Posted by Ryan O'Meara on August 11, 2010 in Columns
Undoubtedly, it’s going to be controversial. Without fear of chicken counting, it will receive a lot of traffic. And without any element of doubt, it might cause ripples but it needs to be out there, for the public to know. We’ve decided to publicly name the five MOST dangerous dogs on the planet.

5. Badly fed dog.

Badly fed dog is the animal who’s been fuelled up with a diet fit for an Olympic weight lifter, but who only ever gets to expend about 20% of the calories he takes in. He has lots of energy and his mismatched diet can manifest in bouts of sudden energetic rampaging. Badly fed dog would ask you to consider: how you would feel spending your day in an office when every inch of your body is throbbing and twitching as you crave the opportunity to actually use up some of those excess calories. Badly fed dog would be happier and safer if his diet reflected his lifestyle.

4. Never had any friends dog.

Otherwise known as ‘totally under socialized dog’.
He was a little naughty when he was a puppy, so his owner decided he’d be better off being kept away from all other forms of animal life. He now spends his days obsessing over what it would be like to chase other dogs around and, by George, one of these days he’s going to actually do it!
Never had any friends dog is going to present his owner with a lifetime of problems, he has no social skills and has never had a chance to learn natural interaction through the teachings of his own kind. He’ll meet new dogs and will be about as socially adept as a 45-year old virgin at a Playboy mansion party. He’s going to blow it. Big time.

3. Shouty.

Shouty is the dog that has spent most of his life shouting at folks or being shouted at himself. He sees people on his street, he shouts at them. In turn, his owner shouts at him. Shouty presumes being shouted at is a recognition of his excellent work. In fact, hearing his owner shouting in response to his own shouting encourages his assumption that they’re just as upset, anxious, nervous, angry as HE is about the audacity of other people/dogs/pigeons to walk past his window. Shouty is relentlessly encouraged and endorsed in his shouty behavior and, a bit like no friends dog, shouty spends his days imaging how good it will be when he FINALLY gets his chance to get face to face with the objects of his ire.

2. House proud.

House proud dog is SO touchy about people coming to his digs unannounced; he’ll happily maim you for your insolence in trying to visit his abode without obtaining the correct visitation paperwork.
House proud dog does a line in dishing out injuries to posties, meter readers, and delivery people. Fortunately, for house proud dog, his owners absolutely REFUSE to believe he is capable of violence, so leave him completely unattended to dish out his own brand of justice to anyone brash enough to consider entering his domain.

1. Spoilt dog.

“That’s mine and these are mine, those are mine, I’m entitled to that, I believe that I saw that first, I lay claim to those, I own all of these, and I’m the rightful proprietor of this…”
Welcome to the world of spoilt dog. Quite simply, he believes everything he wants, he can have. Woes betide anyone to tell him differently. His timid owners have never had the heart to let him know that in the human world, simply showing your teeth and growling doesn’t constitute a legal contract on the ownership of goods. They let him off and, worse, they let him keep his spoils, which he’ll gather up and place in his own corner of the world.
Sadly, spoilt dog is, one day, going to meet someone who is unaware that he has previously laid claim to every possession on earth. Unfortunately, unlike spoilt dog’s owners, this person is going to have to find out the hard way just how deep spoilt dog’s sense of entitlement runs. Really hard luck if it happens to be a youngster, blissfully ignorant to the fact that the shiny ball on the floor is spoilt dog’s most prized possession (at that VERY moment). A few stitches and a spell in hospital ought to serve as a permanent reminder though.
[What? You didn't think there was such a thing as a list of 'dangerous dog breeds' did you. Pffft.]
PS: End bsl.
You know it makes sense.

Monday, August 16, 2010

From My Google Alerts- August, 15, 2010

A 7-year-old Detroit boy is recuperating after being mauled by a pit bull that broke loose and rushed a group of children in Warren. The child, Khalil Rocks, was rushed to St. John Hospital in Detroit, on Wednesday. He received numerous stitches to close severe bite wounds to his head, legs, and arms. The boy escaped injuries that are more serious and even death, according to witnesses, when a neighbor saw what was happening outside 8702 Maxwell, grabbed a flowerpot, and struck the dog in the head, forcing it to let go of the child. It is unknown if the children were harassing the dog; the dog will be euthanized after ten days in quarantine.
 A pet-rescue organization is seeking a loving home for a puppy named Mason whose original owner allegedly crudely severed the dog’s ears with scissors. The 4-month old pit bull was taken in by Allegan County Animal Control’s shelter on Aug. 5 and then handed over to Saugatuck-area based Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance on Sunday, according to Jeff Stiegman, who serves on the board of Wishbone. The dog is in foster care while his ears heal but will eventually need a permanent home. Mason first came to Allegan County Animal Control’s attention when a Grand Junction-area resident called Child Protective Services on suspicion of child neglect in a home in the resident’s neighborhood. A toddler revealed that Mason’s ears had been cut. This little guy is so precious. I hope he finds his forever home as soon as he gets well!
A neighborhood prankster let another neighbor’s dogs out of their fenced yard, which ended with yet another neighbor’s pet being mauled and eventually put down. It isn't the first time a neighborhood prankster has been accused of causing trouble by intentionally letting the pit bull and other dogs out.
This is disgusting!! A 58-year-old Muskegon man was arraigned on charges he sexually assaulted his pit bull. Jose Antonio Sanchez, already on parole for a previous sexual assault in 1997, told his parole officer about the sexual encounter with the dog. The parole officer then notified the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office, which in turn charged Sanchez with the sexual assault. Sanchez could get up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. This guy is a total sicko. Argh….

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Volusia County Deputy Shoots; Kills Dog That Lunged at Him

Volusia deputy shoots; kills dog that lunged at him
By Gary Taylor, Orlando Sentinel
9:24 PM EDT, August 13, 2010
A Volusia County deputy sheriff responding to a disturbance call in Pierson this afternoon shot and killed a large dog that lunged at him, authorities said.

Deputy Charles Hillyard arrived at a residence in the 800 block of U.S. Highway 17 shortly before 12:30 p.m., Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. As soon as he got there a large dog ran toward him. He asked a man walking behind the dog if the dog bites, but before he got an answer the animal went into a full sprint toward him, Davidson said.

As the dog lunged at the Hillyard, he fired two shots from his department-issued handgun and killed the dog, Davidson said.

The disturbance reportedly involved a drunken man with a metal pole, but deputies determined no crime had been committed, Davidson said
The dog’s breed or even type is not mentioned anywhere in this article. Interesting. It must not have been a pit bull type dog or else it would have been blasted all over the article and the article would have contained some irrelevant and unrelated incident involving a pit bull type dog.

Check out KC Dog Blog’s post about the issue of Parade magazine that came out today. Excellent write up!